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NEW REPUBLIC | Trump’s words will leave a lasting mark

Jacob T. Levy, a political theorist at McGill University, convincingly made the case for the real-world impact of Trump’s words in a recent essay for the Niskanen Center. 

The New Republic

Published: 13 Feb 2018

NEWSWEEK | Thousands of rubber ducks prove drones and computers can successfully count wild animals

They found that the drones combined with the computer algorithm wasn't just a decent substitute for ecologists' eyes, it actually got closer to the real number of birds on the ground. It's a compelling argument for using drones in research, said David Bird, an ornithologist at McGill University in Canada who edits a scientific journal dedicated to drone studies. Population tallies are a crucial piece of ecological information. "Biologists love to count wildlife," he said....

Published: 13 Feb 2018

THE CONVERSATION | Canada’s unsung female heroes of life sciences

"Largely unknown by Canada’s decision-makers in government, industry and even the general public, their work is unheralded by ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Their relative obscurity in Canada, then and now, appears to be the preoccupation of how budgetary decisions are made as opposed to a consideration of talent and merit" reports John Bergeron, Emeritus Robert Reford Professor and Professor of Medicine at McGill.

Published: 12 Feb 2018

TELE-QUEBEC | La stimulation magnétique renforce la mémoire

Sylvain Baillet, chercheur à l'Institut neurologique de Montréal, étudie la mémoire de travail auditive, cette mémoire qui nous permet de retenir les derniers sons entendus pendant quelques secondes - une faculté importante qui nous permet entre autres de suivre une conversation. Il a noté que la stimulation magnétique a amélioré cette forme de mémoire chez ses sujets.

Electrons libres

Published: 12 Feb 2018

RADIO-CANADA | L’Université McGill acquiert les archives personnelles de Jean Drapeau

L'Université McGill a récemment acquis les archives personnelles de l'ex-maire de Montréal Jean Drapeau. Hugo Lavoie, chroniqueur urbain à Gravel le matin, a pu les consulter. Christopher Lyons, le bibliothécaire de livres rares de l’Université McGill, a découvert par hasard les archives personnelles de Jean Drapeau au Salon du livre ancien de Montréal, au kiosque d’un bouquiniste. Celui-ci exposait des photos du Stade olympique de Montréal en construction.

Published: 12 Feb 2018

GAZETTE | RBC eyes AI opportunities in Montreal as the banking market changes

First launched in Toronto and Edmonton in 2016, Borealis AI is RBC’s AI research lab. The Montreal location will be at the corner of St-Urbain and St-Zotique Sts, where an area formerly dominated by textile factories is being turned into an AI hub. The bank has partnered with Jackie Cheung, a McGill University professor, who will serve as its academic adviser.

Published: 8 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON POST | The weight of the words

Jacob Levy offers a deeply thoughtful meditation on Trump’s use of language — on the power it has exerted over Republican voters and the GOP Congress, and on the folly of imagining that his words alone won’t do serious damage to American political life, as long as he is constrained from acting.

The Washington Post

Published: 8 Feb 2018

24 MATINS | Et si Alzheimer n’était pas une maladie complètement neurodégénérative?

Pour le professeur Salah El Mestikawy de l’université McGill à Montréal, “La plupart de ces baisses n’apparaissent qu’aux stades les plus tardifs de la maladie, à tel point que cette perte pourrait aussi bien être une conséquence de la maladie plutôt que sa cause”.


Published: 8 Feb 2018

CBC | Medicine is a calling, not a business: Henry Mintzberg

Henry Mintzberg says we need to approach challenges in the field of health care in a radically different way.


Published: 5 Feb 2018

RADIO CANADA | Protection des écosystèmes urbains

Partout au monde, l’extension des villes transforme le paysage et fragmente les écosystèmes. Selon l’écologue montréalais Andrew Gonzalez, 70% des forêts de la planète sont à moins d’un kilomètre d’activité humaine, elles sont donc interrompues par des routes, ou des villes. Ce scientifique cherche à présent le meilleur moyen pour reconnecter les forêts urbaines.


Published: 5 Feb 2018

EOS | A New Massive Open Online Course on Natural Disasters

Since 2000, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, has offered a course with the simple title of “Natural Disasters.” The course, which teaches students the scientific principles underpinning hurricanes, tornadoes, avalanches, and more, has proven quite popular among the students; attendance has grown from about 50 to more than 600.

Earth and Space Science News

Published: 1 Feb 2018

THE PIE | McGill & Kyoto University create joint PhD program

Delegates from Montréal’s McGill University and Kyoto University, Japan, had much to celebrate this month after the establishment of a ground-breaking joint PhD between the institutions. The program marks the first time McGill has entered into a joint PhD program with another university.

The Pie News


Published: 1 Feb 2018

LA PRESSE | Prévention du suicide: Retrouver le goût à la vie

Les tentatives de suicide ne sont pas toutes pareilles. Ce n’est pas un phénomène homogène ou unique. "Les gens font des tentatives dans des contextes différents, avec des intentions différentes," précise d’entrée de jeu le psychiatre Gustavo Turecki, qui est aussi directeur du Groupe McGill d’études sur le suicide et directeur du Réseau québécois sur le suicide, les troubles de l’humeur et troubles associés.

Published: 31 Jan 2018

NATURE | How warp-speed evolution is transforming ecology

Even for the most common processes, such as changes in population size or food chains, ecologists must take evolution into consideration, researchers say. “Everybody realized rapid evolution was occurring everywhere,” says evolutionary ecologist Andrew Hendry of McGill University.


Published: 31 Jan 2018

NTY | Report slams Airbnb in NYC for raising cost of housing 

A report from critics of Airbnb says the vacation rental website is driving up rental prices and reducing housing availability in New York City. The analysis published Monday comes from researcher [David Wachsmuth] at McGill University in Montreal.

New York Times

Published: 30 Jan 2018